@jayenayy just released another episode of SIGNATURES- dairy of the Ghana cool that concludes the CLOVE CLOTHING edition.
Although Dutch Wax is not a textile form that originated in West Africa, from its introduction to the continent through trade with the Dutch in the 1800s, it was quickly embraced by West African populations and, even during this colonial period, some tailors managed to inject their own flair into these fabrics by personalizing the designs and prints on Dutch Wax textiles inspired by Indonesian dyeing processes.
However, these bright-patterned textiles were rarely embraced elsewhere on the globe and often, even into the 20th century, many Africans who wore these fabrics abroad would often be stigmatized. But going into the 21st century, as more and more Africans are taking control of their own representations, the rise in fashion designers and entrepreneurs - both within the continent and throughout the diaspora - has led to some sort of cultural revolution with regards to people’s approach to Dutch Wax clothing, and the young fashion designer and founder of label Clove Clothing is evidence of that.
Just over a year in the making, inspired by his Ghanaian upbringing and heritage, London-based Alex Wondergem launched Clove Clothing - a range of garments and accessories that fuses urban wear with Ghanaian culture.